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Athenry Heritage Centre
St. Mary's,The Square, Athenry,
Co. Galway
T: +353 (0)91 844661
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Opening Times

Monday 10:30am-5:00pm

Tuesday 10:30am-5:00pm

Wednesday 10:30am-5:00pm

Thursday 10:30am-5:00pm

Friday 10:30am-5:00pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed



General Admission
€5.00 Adult €4.50 Child
Medieval Experience
€8.00 Adult €6.50 Child
Family Ticket (2 + 2 ) €26.00

Group Tours Discounts
Senior/ Student Discounts
Discounts for OPW Heritage Cards

Walking Tours

Discover our award winning architectual walking tour.
Get the brochure, illustrated map and audio narrative for free here.Illustrated map of Athenry

Brochure download

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Events at the Athenry Heritage Centre


Constable Patrick Whelan

A Man Caught On The Wrong Side Of Revolution

Constable Patrick Whelan

Constable Patrick Whelan RIC

Constable Patrick WhelanPatrick Whelan was born into a traditional farming family in rural County Kilkenny in 1878. He served in the Irish Guards and the RIC in Galway City and county. He was well liked and respected by all who knew him and was engaged to a local girl. He died on April 26th 1916 in a shootout during the Easter Rising at Carnmore Cross. His death was greatly mourned in Galway City where large crowds attended his funeral. He was buried with full military honours in Bohermore Cemetery, Galway City.

Eoin O Neill tells the untold story of this man who as a member of the RIC is often seen as being on the wrong side in modern Irish history. He aims to dispel this myth and reveal  personal side of this man who was as true an Irishman as the rebel who shot him.

The lecture will be held in the Athenry Heritage Centre on Wednesday 26th October at 8:00pm. The event is free to attend and no pre booking is necessary.

Contact 091 844661 for details.

Culture Night 2017

Culture night 2017


Athenry Culture Night 2017 5:00pm-9:30pm

Discover a world of cultural delights on Friday 22nd September with Athenry's Culture Night 2017.

Enjoy a programme of events for all the family to enjoy and all the activities are free to attend.

Hear the music of the Clarin String Quartet, as they provide a pop up 15 minute concert in various locations throughout the town.

The Quartet can be found at the following locations:

  • 5:00pm Athenry Castle
  • 5:15pm Athenry Market Square
  • 5:30pm The Old Barracks Bakery
  • 5:45pm Amicitia       

Loughrea Craft Club

Light Up The Night 5:00pm

At 5:00pm, Athenry library will host our magical faerie workshop with the Loughrea Craft Club. 

This children's craft workshop will explore the idea of Fairies in Irish culture and mythology; and explore the themes of Irish fairytales and their influence on Irish culture over the last 100 years. During the workshop, the children will create a magical fairy jar lantern and take part in other exciting craft activities.

Come dressed as a fairy if you like, as there is a great prize for our best dressed Culture Night fairy!!

Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult. 


Revolting Rhymes & Terrible Tunes 6:30pm 

Revolting RhymesThe Athenry Heritage Centre is the place to be for the wonderful world of Roald Dahl.

Children and adults can hear a selection of his fantastic Revolting Rhymes read by Maire Daly. So why not rediscover the stories of the Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks & The Three Bears and the brilliant Little Red Riding Hood from the imagination of Roald Dahl. 

The reading will be accompanied with music by Katharin Mac Mághnuis, director of the Athenry Music School. 


Maire DalyKatharine Mac Mághnuis

 Maire Daly                                            Katharine Mac Mághnuis


Sinead Murphy 7:30pm Athenry Heritage Centre 

Sinead Murphy

Sinéad Murphy is a young Cork-based songwriter and performer. Originally from Athenry, County Galway. She writes songs mainly in a folk and soul genre. The arrangements for her songs vary between full bands right down to acoustic settings. She is currently in the process of releasing her single called “I’ll Wait for You”. 

Catch this rising Athenry star in the ambient setting of the heritage centre and enjoy her selection of songs which were specially curated for Athenry's Culture Night.



Further details of Sinead and her music can be found at:



Hip Harp/ Cláirseach Comhaimseartha 8:00pm

Una Ni Fhlannagain

Úna Ní Fhlannagáin is an award-winning harpist rooted in Irish traditional music, but heavily influenced by jazz, minimalism, and angry feminist rock. Her arrangements and accompaniment are characterised by a wide range of timbres, rapidly-changing textures, and funky off-beat rhythms. To celebrate ‘Culture Night’ in Athenry she will play a selection of music of Irish origin from the 1500s to the present day, including high-energy jigs and reels, emotive slow airs, new compositions … and maybe even a pop song or two!

This year, Úna also won Ireland’s prestigious Irish traditional music competition, the Bonn Óir. 



 Culture Night Programme Times

Culture Night 2017



Cricket & Ping Pong; Foreign Sports & The Foundation Of The G.A.A.

On Friday 1st September, Dr. Jeff Dann will discuss the influences of British sport in 19th century Ireland and the reaction to Nationalist reaction towards to it. The talk will also discuss the foundation of the G.A.A and how this organisation fostered and preserved this unique Irish sport.

This event commences at 6:30pm and there's free admission on the night.

Cricket and Ping Pong: Foreign Sports and the Foundation of the GAA

Athenry Walled Towns Day 2017

Athenry Walled Towns Day 2017


Athenry’s Walled Towns Day 2017

20th August 1:00pm-5:00pm

Visit the medieval town of Athenry, this Sunday August 20th and experience a free family fun event that celebrates the rich history of the town with a programme which is inclusive for all ages to enjoy. 

The event commences at 1:00pm in Athenry Park and there will be a wide range of activities which includes battle re-enactments by the Full Contact Medieval Combat Team, birds of prey with Animal Magic, children’s craft workshops with the Loughrea Craft Club, displays of Anglo-Norman weaponry with Claiomh, Ancient Music present a range of musical instruments from the bronze age to the middle ages, fighting displays from the Irish School of Sword fighting and enjoy the thrill of tag archery with Archery Games Ireland. 

This year’s event will also celebrate Heritage Weeks theme of ‘It’s In Your Nature’ with a range of craft activities from beekeeping, foraging, glass bead making, straw craft workshops and  meet Colin Stanley from the Galway Butterfly Project  Discover a wide range of artisan food producers in the marquee of Athenry’s BIA Lover and meet the stilt walkers of Gliondar. 

The Athenry Heritage Centre will host archery with Dave Hodson, stone carving workshops with Cormac O’Reilly and for the young; the Carrot Puppet Theatre will present two shows in the heritage centre at 2:30pm and 3:30pm.  At 3:00pm, the Town Cafe will host a special event with the Galway Beekeepers Association presented by Professor Breandán Ó Cochláin and Noel Leahy. Each lecture will showcase the history of beekeeping and the use of honey in the middle ages to modern times.

The Athenry Community Hall is the place for the guest lecturers and this year Dr Jeff Dann will present a history of sport in Ireland from medieval to modern times, followed by Murray Lopdell-Lawrence’s presentation the  ‘Gift of Ancestors’ and Jimmy Laffey will conduct a workshop of the Downs Survey between 2:00pm-4:00pm. The event closes at 4:00pm with music by Irish harpist Una Ni Flannagain.